Williamsburg book club

Dear members:  Last night the book club chose to discuss "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" by Marjane Satrapi at our meet-up on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.  According to Amazon.com:

"Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.  [Note:  This book was originally published in two volumes, but it has also been released in one volume now, so double-check what you're getting].

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today."

I'm looking forward to reading this and I hope you are, too!  Come join us to discuss it, and to meet with friends and have a tasty snack!

Lisa

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  • Jodi

    So sorry we did not get a chance to talk more about the upcoming book. Here is the site I used to get the recipe for Persian food http://www.aashpazi.com/, although after tasting my demonstration you might not be encouraged to check it out. Really, there seems to be some good recipes on the site, and complete with short videos showing you how it is done.

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      thanks for the creativity, and sharing the source!

      May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the group!

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good food and discussion. Thanks again, Bob and Lisa, for your warm hospitality.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the lively discussion!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Of course, I have a concert :-/

    May 17, 2013

    • Bob P.

      Darn! I hope you can join us again sometime soon.

      May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just moved here and miss my old book clubs.
    I will try and read the book tonight.
    Should I bring food and wine?

    May 17, 2013

    • Bob P.

      Hi Kelly. It will be nice to meet you tomorrow night (whether you've finished Persepolis or not!). Attendees often bring food, or sometimes wine. But we always have much more than we need, so don't feel compelled to do so. Just bring yourself and your thoughts about the book.

      May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, thanks!

      May 17, 2013

  • Bob P.

    Diane pointed out this article in the Guardian about the Chicago public schools banning "Persepolis".

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/19/persepolis-battle-chicago-schools-outcry

    March 21, 2013

    • Jodi

      My understanding is that the ban was enacted for content in the 2nd volume, not the first. The books given to us through the grab bag do not include the 2nd volume. Time for me to read the second volume.

      May 4, 2013

    • Bob P.

      I read both volumes. The second part is definitely more adult than the first part. But I still wouldn't ban it. (Then again, there are clearly more squeamish folks out there. I saw that there are parents who want the Diary of Anne Frank banned from use in school for its "obscene" content.) Anyway, I liked part two of Persepolis a bit better than part one. So if you can get hold of part two, give it a read.

      May 5, 2013

  • Susan M.

    May 18th is the date of my biggest event at work - VIMS Marine Science Day. I'll probably be wiped out. Hopefully I'll see you at the next one.

    April 21, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Hi, Susan! I hope it's a good event, and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon!

      April 21, 2013

  • Bob P.

    Susan Berthier has picked up a grab bag with 14 copies of Persepolis from the Wmbg library. She'll be bringing it to the April meeting.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be happy to pick it up for the April meeting to distribute.

    March 17, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      thanks, Suzanne!

      1 · March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Your very welcome!

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Right , I will require each to return within the library's parameters which I will post when I pick it up which will be just before our
    April 20 meetup.

    March 18, 2013

  • Jessica

    So we'll be able to get copies next month from Suzanne, right?

    March 18, 2013

  • Kathy A.

    There is a book club grab bag for this book at the Williamsburg Public Library if anyone wants to get it. The website says there are 14 copies of the book in the bag.

    March 17, 2013

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